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Westin Phoenix Downtown Will Open March 10, Probably

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  Site Where: 333 N. Central Ave. [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85004
March 3, 2011 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you're looking to celebrate can't-come-soon-enough spring, you could do it at the brand-spankin'-new Westin Phoenix Downtown, which will open next week, sort of.

Although the hotel's set for a March 10 opening, reservations are currently only being accepted starting March 17. When we called to ask whether that meant the hotel wasn't opening until then, we were told that no, they are pretty sure it'll open March 10 - but just to be certain, they aren't taking reservations yet. Although, the nice man said, within a couple of days, they should open up the 10th for booking. All being well. Let's hope they do, else someone's gonna have an empty hotel for the first week!

Anyways, rooms on March 17 officially start at $199 a night, but if you use the code "FMOPEN" when booking online, all of the rooms will cost $179, even those that originally cost more than $199 a night. Hotel loyalty points alert: If you stay there between March 25 and April 30, you'll earn double Starwood Preferred Guests Starpoints.

You'll sniff a white tea scent in the hotel, which takes up nine floors in a 26-story building. In the 242 rooms, you'll find the Westin's Heavenly Bed, and your pooch can have his own Heavenly Bed as well. There also will be a Westin WORKOUT gym, a casual American restaurant and lounge called Province.

[Photo: The Westin Phoenix Downtown's Facebook]

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a few corrections/comments/bits of information...

  1. Expedia shows March 24th
  2. It's not Phoenix Civic Plaza - that's 2 miles north... it's also not Phoenix Convention Center - that's a few blocks southeast... it's actually in a building called Central Park East (I believe)
  3. Including the cost of the portion of the building they're using, the cost per guest room for this property is around $508,000!  We haven't seen prices like that in several years.
  4. The property is currently seeking tax breaks on property taxes that will prevent about $80 million from going to schools, fire/police protection, etc., etc.... so if you're a local I'm not sure if this is something you'd want to support, as the burden of those taxes will end up being paid for by locals.
  5. Otherwise, it seems like a great property - I can't wait to tour it, and I welcome any hotel development to Phoenix that helps to push rates up.  I hope they hold them up this high, as it'll be a great thing for the economy.

thanks!

thanks for the building name - corrected! expedia must be yet to be updated - when i called the hotel this morning, they said they'd originally been selling rooms from march 24, but had brought the date forward to march 17 when they were certain the hotel would be open by that date - and in the next couple of days they plan to bring it forward to march 10. phew!

interesting about the local angle though - thanks for that

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